Assessment Pathway

Definition 

Also called Evidence Maps and Opportunity Maps. Assessment Pathways itemize all of the assessments students will have the opportunity to undertake, both as practice and as ultimate demonstrations of their mastery of identified skills, knowledge and habits.

Features 

  • Meaningful Assessment

Designer's Tips 

"In a Mastery Learning System, Assessment Pathways would optimally be organized in relation to Competencies and their attendant Learning Progressions with Learning Objectives/Goals and Targets. More often, Assessment Pathways become a list of the assessments associated more broadly with a Module or Course. Content-area experts are definitely beneficial to engage in the development of Assessment Pathways (teachers who are very comfortable with their disciplines can do this work, but it is challenging to identify or develop Assessments that are tightly-aligned with Competencies and Learning Goals, at the ""right"" grain-size.

Explore our featured guide and accompanying tool--""Mapping Backwards from the Tasks Required of College Freshmen"" and ""Assessment Pathway Model."""

Tips for a Short Implementation Time-Line 

A Scope & Sequence is intended to provide a clear map for what instructors are supposed to teach and in what order. For Mastery-Learning programs student demonstration of mastery through products/assessments guide teaching & learning. Therefore, Assessment Pathways (also called Evidence Maps) with performance tasks are typically more helpful than traditional Scope and Sequence.

Curated Resources: This collection of resources from the field includes models and exemplars, as well as “DIY” guidance to facilitate your exploration of this term. 

Making Mastery Accessible: Mapping Backwards from the Tasks Required of College Freshmen

Description 

This PowerPoint explains how Schools for the Future organizes its performance tasks to align with the tasks assigned to college freshmen.

Authors 

Antonia Rudenstine

Resource Type 

  • Presentation

Publishing Organization 

Schools for the Future, reDesign

Type of Organization 

  • reDesign

Terms 

Summative Assessment
Formative Assessment
Evidence Map
Assessment Pathway

Making Mastery Accessible: Assessment Pathway Tool

Description 

One of the best ways to ensure that students have enough opportunity to master new content and skills is to develop an Assessment Pathway (also called an Evidence Map or Opportunity Map). The Pathway allows educators to map out when and where students will have the opportunity to undertake college- and career-aligned tasks. This prototyping tool provides a way for designers to begin mapping out the kinds of performance tasks students will undertake at each performance level, in each department, and across the school as a whole.

Authors 

Antonia Rudenstine

Resource Type 

  • Tool

Publishing Organization 

reDesign

Type of Organization 

  • reDesign

Terms 

Assessment Pathway
Performance Task
Performance Assessment